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She started out in opera, moved into pop, and then became a television personality. And now Welsh beauty Charlotte Church has taken time out from her busy schedule to highlight the plight of communities affected by HIV/AIDS in South Africa.

The 22-year-old has donated a dress she wore on her British Channel 4 chat show to the Topsy Foundation for an auction on eBay. The Foundation partners with rural communities in South Africa, empowering people infected with and affected by HIV and AIDS through medical care, social support and skills development.

“Sadly, South Africa has one of the world’s highest HIV and AIDS infection rates and with so many people living without access to proper medical treatment and a suitable standard of nutritional intake, many continue to succumb to the disease,” said Church, who is a patron of the charity. “The charity conducts very effective work in rural and deprived areas with the full support and participation of the local communities. It brings genuine benefit to the quality of life of a significant number infected and/or affected with HIV/AIDS.”

The dress is available now on eBay, and the auction runs until September 12.

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